|ČEZ Motor České Budějovice|
|City:||České Budějovice, Czech Republic|
|Home Arena:||Budvar Arena|
|General Manager:||Stanislav Bednařík|
|Head Coach:||Václav Prospal|
|1928–1948:||AC Stadion České Budějovice|
|1948–1949:||Sokol Stadion České Budějovice|
|1949–1950:||ZSJ Obchodní domy České Budějovice|
|1950–1952:||SKP České Budějovice|
|1965–1992:||Motor České Budějovice|
|1992–2006:||HC České Budějovice|
|2013–present:||ČEZ Motor České Budějovice|
ČEZ Motor České Budějovice is a professional men's ice hockey club, based in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. It is a member of the Czech ELH after reforming when the original club, now known as Mountfield HK, moved to Hradec Králové over a sponsorship dispute. Home stadium of the team ČEZ Motor České Budějovice is Budvar Arena in České Budějovice.
Bandy era in České Budějovice
The long history started in 1911, when group of young gymnasium students devised a plan to start a bandy team. Their first hockey rinks were situated exactly where the Malše river and Vltava river merge. Dr. Zdeněk Černý was the first coach, manager, as well as a player of the team. The bandy club lasted until World War I. Some of the first victims of the war were players from České Budějovice such as Áda Schrabal, Karel Selinka, Jan Vrkoč, and Leo Feigl.
Adaptation to ice hockey
On December 3, 1921, SK České Budějovice played its first amateur ice hockey match in Strakonice.
On January 10, 1928, a club known as AC Stadion České Budějovice was founded by the merging two clubs in České Budějovice - Viktoria and Slovan. The club joined Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League, the nation's top ice hockey league, in 1936. In their first season, they finished third behind LTC Praha and AC Sparta Praha.
Lone championship & decades of failure
In the 1950–51 season, the club, now called SKP České Budějovice, won its first and only championship in any top-tier league. The club has failed to finish higher than third place (1952–53) in the highest league ever since.
After a disastrous 1962–63 season in which the team won none of the 32 games, the club was relegated to the Czechoslovak Second League until 1968. Overall, HC České Budějovice had been relegated to the second-tier league five other times since the 1958-59 season As of; in each case the club re-earned promotion to the top league the following season.
Although it lost in the semifinals of the 2007–08 Czech Extraliga season, HC České Budějovice qualified for the 2008–09 Champions Hockey League as the winner of the regular season. However, its success was short-lived, as it finished eleventh and survived a relegation round the following season.
War of the Beers
Following the 2012–13 season, the Czech Extraliga reached a sponsorship deal with Radegast to sell its beer in all Extraliga arenas. This agreement conflicted with the deal České Budějovice already had with Budweiser Budvar Brewery for their arena. Under the agreement, the club and the city of České Budějovice would face stiff penalties for selling any beer other than Radegast products. Unable to resolve the dispute, the club decided on June 18, 2013 that no new agreement could be reached between the parties involved and voted to immediately relocate to Hradec Králové for the 2013-14 season.
Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League Championship (1): 1951
Czechoslovak Second Ice Hockey League Championship (4): 1960, 1968, 1970, 1992
1st Czech Republic Hockey League Championship (4): 2005, 2017, 2019, 2020
Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League Championship (1): 1953
- See Category:Motor České Budějovice players for a list of HC České Budějovice players past and present.
- Tomáš Prokop deceased 2021
- V Českých Budějovicích kvůli sporu o pivo mohou přijít o extraligový hokej (Czech). ihned.cz (2013-05-29). Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
- Tuniz, Davide (2013-06-06). The War of the Beers. eurohockey.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
- Hradec Králové schválil přesun HC Mountfield (Czech). ceskatelevize.cz (2013-06-18). Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
- Tuniz, Davide (2013-06-29). HC Mountfield definitely moves to Hradec Kralove. eurohockey.com. Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
- Lhota, Ladislav (2013-07-20). HC Motor získal prvoligovou licenci (Czech). ihned.cz. Archived from the original on 2013-07-23. Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
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